Suguri started to skate in Alaska, where her father, an international pilot, was working ... Suguri was the first lady
from Japan to win an ISU Championship (2001 Four Continents) since Yuka Sato won the worlds in 1994 ... Suguri was the first Japanese woman to win the ISU Grand Prix Final (in 2004) ... Her younger sister Chika was a competitive figure skater and competed at the international level ... Suguri switched coaches following the 2006-07 season and has been training in Moscow since the spring of 2007 ... She switched coaches again, to Nikolai Morozov, in summer 2008 and trained in Hackensack, N.J.
2008 Season NotesSP Music: "Fanfan" by Nicolas Jorelle
FS Music: "Otonal" by Raul di Blasio